||Issue No. 275||05 August 2005|
Interview: On Holiday
Unions: One Day Longer
Industrial: Never Mind the Bollocks
Politics: Spun Out
Economics: If the Grog Don't Get You ....
History: Taking a Stand
International: The Split
Legal: Pushing the Friendship
Poetry: Simple Subtractions
Review: Sydney Trashed
The Locker Room
AFL-CIO Not The Only War
We Love Morris
A Readers Suggestion
Yanks Short Change Tradesmen
Despite constant Government assurances that individual contracts would be a matter choice, the aerospace company refuses to negotiate a collective agreement with more than 40 Williamstown tradesmen who maintain and service RAAF fighter jets.
The AWU claims the federal government has waived severe contractual penalties that should have been imposed on the company to encourage it to lead the fight against collective agreements.
AWU members at Williamstown have been locked out, or on strike, now for nine weeks in a bid to overturn the individual contracts.
"The Boeing dispute is about the right of these workers to choose a union negotiated agreement over unfair individual contracts," AWU state secretary, Russ Collison said.
"The contracts contain a 40-hour week, no allowances, and no overtime rates with the effect of workers being at least $12,000 a year worse off than those on union-negotiated agreements."
Collison said the wage differential came from a direct comparison with workers doing the same jobs for Hawker de Havilland at Bankstown.
Boeing bases its individual contracts on minimum rates in the metal trades award. It then adds a calculation to come up with a gross salary, supposedly covering overtime and all other entitlements.
AMWU sources, with members at several aerospace companies, say the gross amount is "about right" for fulltime employees but that Boeing operates a standard 43 hour week, against the 38 in the award, and that workers lose five hours worth of overtime payments every week.
They also point out that, contrary to the award and law, Boeing only pays super on its base figure, rather than full earnings. The difference can
Last week, another two scabs being flown in from Boeing's Queensland operation, quit Williamstown.
The number of Queensland strike breakers has now fallen from 26 to nine.
An Amberley worker told Workers Online that the original crew flown to NSW did not even know it was landing in the middle of an industrial dispute.
Boeing says employees have been "frustrated" by poor communications from management.
Last year, according to its annual report, Boeing recorded a profit of $52 billion.
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